Prince Harry Is releasing a memoir in 2022 in which he talks about his life from childhood to the present day. There is a lot of buzz about the stories they can share.
Earlier this year, Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex accused an unnamed royal of making off-handed comments about their son’s skin color. The couple has not revealed the identity of the royal, but an expert believes Harry may have been pressured to do so in his memoir.
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In early 2021, Harry and Meghan did an interview with Oprah Winfrey, where they accused a royal of making racially charged comments about their son Archie because of Meghan’s biracial background.
Meghan told Oprah there was “concern and conversation about how dark her skin might be when she was born.” She also specified that these conversations were between Harry and his family which she relayed to him.
The Sussexes withheld the royal’s name, but many onlookers speculated as to who it might be. After the interview, Winfrey shared that, according to Harry and Meghan, the man was not Queen Elizabeth or Prince Philip.
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The Sussexes have been shying away from sharing the royal’s name. However, author Penny Junor, who has written several books about the royal family, believes there may be pressure on Harry to release his identity.
“Publishers want a lot for their money, like naming this so-called racist,” Junor said, according to Sun.
The outlet reported that Harry received an advance of $20,353,500 from his publisher, Penguin Random House.
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According to a legal expert, the Sussexes could also face legal consequences if they name the royal in question.
“The words may have a racist overtone, but were they intended that way?” English lawyer Mark Stephens told mail more.
Stephens said, “Essentially what you’ll find is that the person, if named, may be able to sue for defamation and breach of confidentiality if it was a private conversation between two individuals where the privacy had a reasonable expectation of and the content negotiated should not be shared with any third party, the media.”
The royals often follow the rule of “never complain, never explain” when faced with charges. As such, some may be led to believe that the “racist” royal will not retaliate. However, Stephens disagreed.
“Until recently the royal approach has been to never complain or explain, but they’ve moved away from it, so I’m surprised,” Stephens said. “They have to step on them at some point, so long as they go unquestioning, few will believe their truth.”